"Ronda gained fame using me as a stepping stone and turned the good girl of the story. I could not accept this, I was wrong, and I paid a high price, but I have learned so much. I have God in my heart and 200 million supporters (Brazil population), that will help me to give a happy ending to this story."-Cristiane Santos via Instagram
Seems that former Strikeforce featherweight champion Cristiane Santos is not too happy with the recent fame and mainstream acceptability achieved by current Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey -- who UFC president Dana White said would be the first female fighter he would bring into the UFC.
Santos believes that she has been used as a stepping stone, and made into a bad character to propel Rousey as the new face of women's mixed martial arts.
Though her victory was impressive, days following the event the California Athletic Commision revealed that Santos' urine test came back positive for performance enhancer stanozolol, which is an anabolic steroid considered a safer choice for female bodybuilders.
Following the results of the test, Santos was suspended for 12-months, and fined $2,500. In addition, Strikeforce immediately stripped her of her title and her featherweight division was completely eliminated from the company.
Santos herself, however, has remained in the roster.
During her suspension, Rousey, a former Olympic bronze medalist has stepped up and become the new face of women's MMA. She is undefeated in mixed martial arts, and has become very popular with the media and UFC president Dana White.
A much anticipated battle between Rousey and Santos has been rumored after Santos suspension ends, but the two cannot seem to agree at which weight class they will fight.